Poem Analysis - "Miracles" by Walt Whitman

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Poem Analysis - "Miracles" by Walt Whitman

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Poem analysis: “Miracles” by Walt Whitman
1. The first time I read through “Miracles,” it felt like the positive energy stored in the poem was jumping onto me. I am more of an optimistic person, so I tend to be positive in everything I do. I feel very blessed when I’m eating dinner with my family, when I’m with friends, when I’m riding a school bus, and when I’m looking at the sky. So, I could relate to this poem very well; it was like the poet read my mind. 2. People may say why make much of miracle? But for the author, everything around him is miracles. When he is walking down the streets of Manhattan, when he’s seeing the sight of the roofs of houses toward the sky, when he’s walking along the beach, when he’s standing under a tree, when he’s talking and sleeping with his loved one, when he’s eating dinner with his family, when he’s looking at strangers, when he’s watching the busy honey-bees, when the animals feed in the fields, when the stars are shining so bright, when the beautiful crescent moon is on the sky, miracle is happening at every moment. The whole world is a miracle. As a whole is a beautiful miracle too, but when you see each thing separately, they’re other miraculous things also. Every hour and every space are miracles. The sea and the fishes swimming, the rock, the wave, ships and men on them are all miracles. Then, he asks the audience, “What other every day, yet extraordinary, miracles can you find around you?” 3. While the poet could just list the new moon as one of the miracles he experiences, he describes the moon in detail. “…the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring.” This description lets readers think the beauty of the moon people often ignore. Also, he continuously uses the word “every”. “Every” has a definition of: each, all possible. Therefore he repetitively uses this word to emphasize how...

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